Building Control during the coronavirus outbreak

We've fully implemented our contingency plan. We're strictly following the government guidelines to protect our staff and our customers, and doing all we can to avoid the further spread of infection.

We're keen to ensure that you continue to have full access to our service and expertise.

All employees, including our Site Surveying team are following the recommended preventative actions according to official advice.

We are observing the advice to try to limit social contact where possible and to maintain social distances of 2m when carrying out inspections.

Contacting us

All Building Control staff are working from home, and remain contactable using their existing land line numbers, mobile phones, emails, Skype and video conferencing.

We've cancelled face to face meetings. Please take advantage of our Skype and video conferencing facilities.

Paperless correspondence

In order to further reduce the risk of infection to both our staff and yourself we're operating a paperless office where possible, and would be most grateful if all correspondence, plans, specifications and certificates can be sent in a paperless format if at all possible.

Site inspections

We will continue to offer a quality service and audit your projects at the various agreed key stages throughout the project.

We will undertake a limited number of risk-based key stage site inspections, combining this with the use of Skype, video or digital technology to audit at other stages.

This is a necessary move to limit the risk of spreading infection or putting you or the home owner at any unnecessary risk.

Arranging site inspections

In the first instance please notify us of all the stages as normal.

You will be asked the following questions:

  • Has anyone at the site or property (property owner or builder) been ill and displayed the coronavirus symptoms?
  • Has anyone at the site orproperty (property owner or builder) travelled abroad in the last 2 weeks?
  • Could the inspection be carried out in the absence of the builder or homeowner if necessary?
  • Will there be vulnerable people on the premises when the inspection is being carried out?

The information you provide will be taken in confidence, therefore your answers to the questions will not be recorded. The questions are being asked so we can ensure the safety of our staff and other members of the public.

Alternative inspection arrangements

Depending on your answers we may:

  • try to delay an inspection until there is a change in circumstances (at least 2 weeks);
  • or request to carry out a remote or virtual inspection, which could include photographs, a video or a telephone discussion.